Three Russian aircraft engineers were found dead last Sunday at the Hasanudin Air Base in Makasar, South Sulawesi.
The men were members of a team of aircraft engineers dispatched by Russia to Indonesia to help assemble and operate newly purchased Sukhoi jet fighter aircraft.
Based on the results of forensic autopsy on their bodies, witnessed by officials of the Russian Embassy in Jakarta, the Police announced that the possible cause of death is Methanol poisoning.
Beside the three men, two others were also treated at a hospital in Makasar after suffering from similar sickness as the three men, i.e vomiting, nausea and headache.
The death of the three engineers would not disturb the delivery of more Sukhoi jet fighters to Indonesia, because Sukhoi will send three new engineers.
I hope that the Police investigation would soon reveal how is it possible that Methanol could be digested by those engineers.
For more details, please read the following media reports :
- Polri: Tiga Teknisi Keracunan Methanol (Kompas)
- Embassy Probes Deaths of 3 Russians at Makassar Airbase (The Jakarta Globe)
- Sukhoi to send three new supervisors to Indonesia (The Jakarta Post)
- Tiga Mekanik Tewas, Perakitan Sukhoi Jalan Terus (Tempointeraktif).